Last week The Pokémon Company announced several new games during a Pokémon Presents video, including New Pokémon Snap. There was one more Pokémon game announcement saved until now: Pokémon Unite.
Pokémon Unite is a MOBA-like 5v5 online team battler, launching on Switch and mobile devices with cross-play. It’s developed jointly by The Pokémon Company and Tencent Games’ TiMi Studios, makers of another mobile MOBA game, Arena of Valor.
In Pokémon Unite, players pick a pokémon and battle the enemy team, as well as wild pokémon, to control certain areas across the battlefield. Pokémon can gain experience, level up, and evolve mid-battle. Pokémon can equip different moves and unleash powerful Unite moves while trying to earn more points than the opposing team.
There are over 800 pokémon in the series, though it certainly doesn’t look like they’ve all made it into Pokémon Unite. In the video we spot Pikachu, Gengar, Snorlax, Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Clefairy, Machamp, Lucario, and Talonflame, including many of their prior evolutions.
Like most arena battlers, Pokémon Unite will be free-to-play. The Pokémon Company did not announce how the pricing model would work, nor a release date. Pokémon Unite will launch on Switch and iOS and Android mobile devices.